This is a national charity that works with vulnerable children and young people and organises local projects in order to help them so they don’t feel lonely or isolated, amongst other problems they face in their everyday lives. Cases include children sleeping on the streets as young as 12 at risk of sexual exploitation. The Children’s Society work is pivotal in giving young people their sense of self-esteem and self-worth back, and getting their lives back on track.

Each year the charity’s volunteers help and mentor almost 11,000 children both in group and individual settings.

Their work doesn’t stop there. Each year the charity campaigns for more policy and legislation changes too, and over 2017/18 changes helped almost 550,000 children.

What has The Children’s Society been working on lately?

This is an innovative charity that has established partnerships with new online platforms that help young people.

“Mindmoose" is an online platform that helps them with managing their emotional well-being and develop resilience - both are vital states of mind that help young people cope with problems as they grow older into adulthood. “Chanua Health" is a virtual reality experience of the brain that helps young people better manage their mental health.

Other than creating partnerships, they have also been working on influencing government policies.

One major win in 2017/18 was the Debt Trap campaign. Debt is a problem that can affect anyone no matter their age, which induces stress and is detrimental to mental health.

The Children’s Society understands that children living in families struggling with debt are 5 times more likely to feel unhappy. The charity’s work often goes unseen but some examples of the biggest issues they have tackled are:

Payday loan advertising on children’s TV Energy companies and their financing practices Local councils’ use of bailiffs

They also secured a National policy win which gives families more breathing space in the time it takes to pay back a loan, as well as ensuring no rising fees when paying a loan back.

Three ways you can help

Aside from donations, all charities appreciate their supporters getting involved in spreading the word about their vital work.

You can volunteer to raise awareness, speak as an Ambassador for the charity, become a mentor and independent visitor. As well as helping children, this is a great way to boost your CV at the same time. To find out more, go to their volunteering page.

Do you work for a company that doesn’t currently support a charity? Corporate partnerships can be more than just donating funds. Partnerships like these help staff utilise their skills, expertise and business knowledge as well as give fun volunteering days for staff and other ways to give a gift-in-kind. If this appeals to you, share the Corporate Partnership page with your boss.


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